#WeddingWednesday: Our Reception

The Most Special Moments of Our Wedding Reception

The Most Special Moments of Our Wedding Reception

If you’ve gotten married, you may understand me when I say that while I loved the ceremony, our wedding reception was my favorite part of the day!

So we got married, and now it’s time to party! Brandon and I entered our wedding reception to the Friends theme song. Everyone thought it was our first dance. It was super awkward and we’re still laughing about it. We set them all straight when “our song,” Like I’m Gonna Lose You began to play. This is “our song” because it was the track playing when Brandon told me that he loved me for the first time, when we had our first kiss, and when he proposed. So naturally it made sense for it to be our first dance as Mr. and Mrs. The moments shared during that dance were so special.

The father-daughter dance was up next, and my dad and I chose a song by Lindsey Stirling. The really neat thing about this selection was that I had introduced him to her music a year or so before, but actually purchased tickets to see her in concert right after the wedding! So we spent most of the time dancing just chatting about how excited we were for her upcoming tour. Brandon danced with his mom last, and they probably had the most sweet and sappy time of all! There was so much love in the room during these songs, and it was a blessing to witness everyone who had come to join us for the celebration.

Photos // Virginia Ashley Photography

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After the planned dances, came the food and the fun!

Our wedding reception was the talk of the town for one reason – the food. We chose a taco bar for dinner (catered by my brother-in-law) and a s’mores bar for dessert! Everyone raved about how delicious and creative it all was, and that made us so happy. I’ll be honest – I only ate a couple bites of taco, and didn’t even get to taste the s’mores (those bridal nerves are a bear), but I know everyone around me enjoyed them thoroughly.

Brandon’s brother (and best man) gave a really wonderful toast, followed by my sister (and matron-of-honor) whose toast certainly had me in tears. Everyone cheered and enjoyed more food, mingling and chatting about how delicious the tacos were.

After a few margaritas, people started to dance. We had a playlist filled with everything from Michael Jackson and Queen to Disney tracks and more. It was so fun to just let loose after the long day and all the fast-paced activities. This was my favorite part of the entire wedding. I eventually changed out of my wedding gown and into a shorter dress, since Brandon kept stepping on my train. 😂 Then I let loose and danced the night away!

We cut our beautiful naked cake, which was a gift from a friend of mine. Thankfully, B didn’t shove any of it into my face (I kept begging him not to), and a handful of people got to enjoy slices of that, along with the s’mores. Then it was time for our last few songs, and a glow stick send-off! We walked out into the freezing night and laughed along with all our incredible friends and family as they waved the glow sticks in the air to say “goodbye.” Then it was off to our night at the boutique hotel, Graduate Richmond.

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I wish I could go back and live our wedding reception over and over. So glad that we have these photos to share the memories with you!

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The Most Special Moments of Our Wedding Reception

Photos // Virginia Ashley Photography

Wooden Wedding Signs // c/o Susan Atkins Style + Design

Tulle, Lights, Greenery, Florals + Wooden Arbor // handmade by friends

Chairs + Tablecloths // Riverwood Events and Catering

Naked Cake // Pearl’s Bake Shoppe

Taco & S’mores Bar // catered by my brother-in-law

Drinks // bartended by friends

Emcee // family friend

Location // Pocahontas State Park

Makeup // c/o KK Shoaf Inside Out Beauty

Bride’s Eyelashes // Curly Willow Spa

Bride’s Hair // family friend

Reception Dress // Lulus

Wedding Gown // c/o Lillian West via Ava Laurénne Bride

Bridesmaid Dresses in “Dusty Rose” // Azazie

Druzy Earrings // c/o The Shinn Life



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    Hillary Conheady
    February 20, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Looks like y’all had the best time!! I love the photos!

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    February 20, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    I just love hearing how your wedding was the best! The reception definitely looked fun! My reception was my favorite too and all I can remember was the dancing haha!


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    Tanvi Rastogi
    February 20, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    You looked AMAZING and the pictures really captured the moments. Looks like so much fun.

    ❥ tanvii.com

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    Anna English
    February 20, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    What a wonderful celebration! IT looks like it was a TON of fun, and I know y’all created some memories that will last a lifetime.

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    February 20, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    I love how you broke up each part of your wedding into separate posts! your reception was gorgeous (and of course, you were too!).

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    February 20, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    The SMILES on your faces say everything!❤️

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    Laura Adney
    February 20, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    I can feel the positive energy! Looks like a beautiful moment

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    February 20, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    It sounds like you had an amazing reception! I got married in September and it was truly incredible. Our first dance song was Michael Buble’s version of “Come Rain or Come Shine.” It speaks to marriage so beautifully and it’s honestly a gorgeous song (because Buble is incredible hahaha!) I love hearing about other people’s receptions! I would love to go back myself to enjoy that night!

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    Kimberly Smith
    February 20, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Aww these pictures are so beautiful! I totally agree – our reception was the best part of the day because all the stress from the ceremony was over & we could relax and enjoy!

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    February 20, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    These pictures are just priceless! I always love looking at wedding photos and it looks like y’all had a blast at the reception!


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    February 20, 2019 at 6:21 PM

    Oh my gosh, beyond gorgeous! Stephanie, you are so picture perfect! Your reception looks like a dream. <3

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    February 20, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Aww looks like you had the best time. So happy for you <3

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    Kait | Slumber & Scones
    February 20, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    It looks like you guys had so much fun! I totally feel the same way with wanting to go back and live mine over and over.

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    February 20, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Awe, so sweet! Looks like y’all had a blast! I remember our wedding like it was yesterday, and we are coming up on 8 years married now! Time flies.

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    Indya | The Small Adventurer
    February 20, 2019 at 10:44 PM

    These photos are so, so beautiful. I adore your dress 😭🙌

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    Taylor Mobley
    February 21, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    You are so dang cute. I loved our reception the most too – it was like a big party!!!

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    Lauryn Hock
    February 21, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    In love with the sweetheart neckline of your dress! Gorgeous!

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    Tonya Morris
    February 21, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    OMG a s’mores bar?! That’s genius! Your wedding looked so fun!

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    Delia Atenea
    February 21, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Oh my gosh Stephanie! That sparkle in your eyes!!! I can tell you guys are so in love and full of joy! And the song from “Friends”?…..you better stop because I’m thinking I totally should of done that!!! Now I can see why the reception was your favorite part! You’re making me so emotional by the way……

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    February 21, 2019 at 10:15 PM

    This is so beautiful!! Wedding makes my heart warm, you two look so lovely! And yes, agreed, receptions are the most fun!

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    February 22, 2019 at 7:27 AM

    You look so pretty girl! I love all the details that you shared here…it makes me want to get married all over again.

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    February 22, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    Everything looks so beautiful. I also don’t blame you that your reception was your favorite. I’m sure the reception is the best for every bride lol

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    February 22, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Your reception looks like it was so fun and also incredibly special!

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    February 24, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Looks and sounds like it was such a special and memorable celebration!! As it should be!! As a wedding planner for over a decade, I always recommend that couples have a “quiet meal” together before entering their reception. Otherwise, like you sadly did not get to enjoy or really even taste your wedding food. You will cherish these photos and memories forever!
    Xo, Deanie
    Deanie Michelle

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    February 25, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Your reception looks SO fun– everyone is having a great time! Your entire wedding looked beautiful, I love seeing how your special day came together!

    PS- We’re going with a taco bar too!

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    Carmen Edelson
    February 26, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    You can feel the joy radiating from these beautiful photos! Looks like a special day, congratulations 🙂

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